12 Things Around the House You Can Do With a New Paintbrush (Besides Painting)

12 Things Around the House You Can Do With a New Paintbrush (Besides Painting)

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Jennifer Hunter
Sep 11, 2015
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I always love finding new uses for old tools so when I came across an unused paintbrush at my desk the other day, I started brainstorming other ways I could use this handy tool. Turns out, many of these tasks seem tailor made for the multi-tasking paintbrush. Have you tried any of these?

  • Brush crumbs out from between the keys of your keyboard.
  • Dust the leaves of a large plant.
  • Moisten envelope glue if you're doing a marathon mailing.
  • Baste a turkey.
  • Apply an even layer of oil to a baking sheet or an egg wash to bread.
  • Sweep coffee particles out of your coffee grinder.
  • Get dry shampoo right next to your scalp (and not in your hair).
  • Sweep up dry spills like rice or buttons.
  • Poke the bristles through a mesh strainer or colander to release stuck particles.
  • Gently apply craft finishes like gold leaf — paintbrushes give the perfect amount of light pressure.
  • Easily brush cobwebs out of corners.
  • Add rustic texture to frosting on a layer cake.


Well, what about you? Have you found yourself reaching for a paintbrush to do a job that's unexpected? Tell us about it!

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